Rockford, Illinois News

Chicago nonprofit announces statewide teacher-appreciation contest

CHICAGO – Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI), a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides free school supplies to tens of thousands of low-income kids, announced the launch of its “We Appreciate Teachers” contest Tuesday.

The statewide initiative is designed to celebrate and support Illinois educators, particularly during COVID-19, by rewarding 10  teachers with Back 2 School Illinois kits–full of 30 school supplies– for their entire classroom of students.

The winners will also receive personalized gift baskets including Lynfred wines, Cabot cheeses, Starbucks coffee, salon treatment at Dennis Bartolomei, and other items.

Anyone can submit an application on behalf of a teacher, including the the teacher themselves. Teachers must be currently employed by a school in Illinois.

To participate, visit and complete the online We Appreciate Teachers contest application, or print out the form, complete it, and then mail the application to B2SI.

All applications must by completed by Aug. 19 and include an essay of up to 500 words explaining how the nominated teacher goes above and beyond to positively impact their students’ lives.

Winning teachers will be notified on or around Aug. 31.

“During these challenging times, teachers have had to work even harder to make sure their students stay connected and are learning,” Back 2 School Illinois CEO Matthew Kurtzman said. “With our new campaign, we are celebrating the creativity, resourcefulness and going above and beyond that teachers have had to do to provide Illinois school children with an education during COVID-19.”

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